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Davy Fitzgerald tells Clare players to take second chance against Cork in All-Ireland final

Updated: Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 15:18 | Comments

Davy Fitzgerald's Clare side meet Cork again on Saturday
Davy Fitzgerald's Clare side meet Cork again on Saturday

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald has told his players to embrace the opportunity Domhnall O'Donovan’s replay-clinching point has brought as they get set to meet Cork once again in the All-Ireland Hurling final on Saturday in Croke Park.

A thrilling final two weeks ago saw the teams end level despite the Banner’s dominance and three goals from the Rebel County.

Fitzgerald told RTÉ Sport: “It is an All-Ireland final and if I didn't have feelings then I would be wasting my time altogether. I was delighted we got the shot and the point.

“The only thing that went through my head was ’lets get a shooting chance’. And it came.

“We have now arrived at a situation where you have to totally forget those things. Maybe down the road in November or December we'll look back and think about it then whether we win, lose or draw.

“At this stage you're trying to say to yourself, the last day is over, it's gone, we have to forget about it and this is a brand new 70 or 75 minutes that we're going playing.”

“We know we are in an All-Ireland final, the most important game you can play” - Davy Fitzgerald

In the meantime, Clare's Under-21 panel have achieved success by beating Antrim in the All-Ireland final in Semple Stadium.

Fitzgerald refutes any notion of a distraction.

He said: “We use it as part of our preparation to tell you the truth. Will it make much difference, it is great for the lads themselves, but to us we just focus on our games all the time.

“We know we are in an All-Ireland final, the most important game you can play. We have to go out and give a performance.

“If that is good enough, then fine. It is all about us trying to get the best possible performance out of ourselves.”

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